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Old 05-14-2002, 10:56 AM   #15
Dojo: Aikido Center of South Texas
Location: Houston,Tx
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 151
To learn kicks I took Tae Kwon Do. I learned to see how a kick begins and the destruction that a kick can do. You learn to be very appreciative of the quickness and effectiveness from a kick. I took it for 1 1/2 years before I got my shodan in aikido.

I don't believe that kicks should be a contant training portion of aikido. Sure, we do have classes about once a month covering kicks, but the kicks that an aikidoko throw are nothing compared to a skilled Tae Kwon Do practicioner. Of course, the chances of a street fighter throwing kicks like a TKD martial artist is also slim to none.

I think that in aikido it more important to learn to take your uke's balance. Once you truly learn this - then a kick is like a punch. Don't focus on the kick, focus on the uke's center. It has worked for me. I have tried it with my fellow TKD practioners.
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